Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bernard Hopkins, Boxing’s Oldest – and Most Cunning – Champion


The 49-year-old fighter is known for using his mental acumen to weaken, and eventually defeat, his opponents in the ring.

Is It Wrong to Divulge a Secret to Protect Someone’s Honor?


Say nothing; pay something.

Lamb Shanks Reveal a Softer, Subtler Side

A Persian spice mixture that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and rosebuds yields a complex, nuanced braise.

By DAVID TANIS via NYT Dining & Wine

Friday, October 31, 2014

No Matter the Noodle, Flavors to Match

A stir-fry becomes a weeknight go-to dish when garlic, ginger, lime and peanuts get some Asian heat. (Article plus video.)

By MELISSA CLARK via NYT Dining & Wine

Led Zeppelin 4 cover art secrets by LewisandFloorwax

The Biggest Ship in the World (Though It Isn’t Exactly a Ship)

By Photographs by STEPHEN MALLON via NYT Magazine

Technically, this monstrous natural-gas refinery is a “floating facility,” not a “ship,” but c’mon.

“Early Morning Skyline” was uploaded to Flickr

West Loop, Chicago

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Early Morning Skyline was taken on October 08, 2014 at 07:06AM

Sweet and Savory Memories, Caramelized in Exile

A yen for authenticity: visiting Cuban restaurants with Ana Sofía Peláez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and author of the new cookbook “The Cuban Table.”

By ALEX WITCHEL via NYT Dining & Wine

Your Next Lesson: Rioja

To understand the arc of Rioja’s evolution, we will explore traditional Rioja Reservas, wines aged for at least three years.

By ERIC ASIMOV via NYT Dining & Wine

Versatile by Occasion and by Menu

Let’s examine Champagne as a wine, an agricultural product made of grapes and intended not as the life of the party but to be consumed with food at a meal.

By ERIC ASIMOV via NYT Dining & Wine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?


The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.

The Exacting, Expansive Mind of Christopher Nolan


With “Interstellar,” the director once again creates mass entertainment out of mind-bending fantasy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Cooking, Good Ingredients Gone ‘Bad’ Can Still Be Delicious

By TAMAR ADLER via NYT Magazine

Mixing old foods with new to make everything from cakes and corn breads to chilaquiles.

Enrique Olvera Is Opening Cosme in the Flatiron District

The innovative Mexican chef is offering a menu that veers away from tradition.


Taking Advantage of Sorrel’s Brief Life

Sour, grassy and bright, this herb, melted into a pan full of seared scallops, slaps you out of your wintry potato doldrums.

By MELISSA CLARK via NYT Dining & Wine

My Captivity

By THEO PADNOS via NYT Magazine

In 2012, Theo Padnos was kidnapped in Syria by the Nusra Front. After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed. Instead, he lived to tell this tale.

Is That Cut a Tri-Tip or What?

The names of cuts can cause confusion at the meat counter, but a move to standardize names may help. (Article plus video.)

By KIM SEVERSON via NYT Dining & Wine

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Wine Is the Drink of Choice on ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Good Wife’

The way wine is used as a character device for women on TV tells us a lot about how it is viewed in popular culture.

By ERIC ASIMOV via NYT Dining & Wine

Restaurant Review: Blue Hill in Greenwich Village

Dan Barber’s long search for flavor at his farm is evident downtown, where each new ingredient might be the best example of its kind you’ve tasted.

By PETE WELLS via NYT Dining & Wine

“Feeling Regret When This Moment Is Wasted” was uploaded to Flickr

Maples, Frostpocket

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Feeling Regret When This Moment Is Wasted was taken on September 13, 2014 at 11:05AM

The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections


From Andrew Jackson to Joni Ernst, American politicians have a long history of appealing to voters as self-styled feisty populists. The midterms are no different. (They’re worse!)

“Phil Marking Coordinates In the Rain” was uploaded to Flickr

Frostpocket. Marking the edges of our 100 acres despite the rain.

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Phil Marking Coordinates In the Rain was taken on September 13, 2014 at 02:16PM

“George and Phil Marking Coordinates in the Rain” was uploaded to Flickr

Frostpocket. Marking the edges of our 100 acres despite the rain.

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George and Phil Marking Coordinates in the Rain was taken on September 13, 2014 at 10:33AM